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December 18, 2022

Top Story

How to Hand Out Billions in Climate Subsidies? Very Carefully.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:54:17

John Podesta, President Biden’s clean energy adviser, said the administration was working to ensure that a record $370 billion in new federal subsidies for electric vehicles, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies is spent properly and avoids waste and abuse. “It’s always better to have a lock on the barn door than to go chase the horse once it’s out,” he said in an interview. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Here Is What Is Really Strangling the Energy Transition

By Justin Gillis and Tyler H. Norris, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:52:39

Huge backlogs of renewable energy projects have built up around the world as developers are refused permission to pump their power into the grid. The projects go on waiting lists that can now stretch for years, and many ultimately drop off when the delays become intolerable. In the United States, enough renewable energy projects are backlogged right now to achieve a largely clean electric grid by 2030. But without urgent action, most are unlikely to get built. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Virginia regulators approve offshore wind settlement

BY: CHARLIE PAULLIN, Virgina Mercury  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:53:56

Virginia utility regulators have accepted a settlement over ratepayer protections tied to Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. The State Corporation Commission Thursday wrote in its approval that all parties had agreed the settlement “adequately protects the interests of consumers” or expressed no opposition to it. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Calif. rule overhaul shakes up solar industry

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:51:59

California regulators unanimously approved on Thursday controversial new rules that will reduce the rates paid to new rooftop solar customers. Members of the California Public Utilities Commission said the revised net metering rules were designed to adapt the solar market to the changing grid. But clean energy advocates warn that the move could blunt the state’s residential solar market by lowering the financial incentives offered to homeowners who install solar panels and return the energy to the grid. The CPUC voted 5-0 to adopt the changes. [ read more … ]

Congress

End of the line for permitting bill, but 2023 fight looms

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:57:27

Sen. Joe Manchin’s attempt to overhaul environmental rules for energy projects failed in the Senate on Thursday, ending a monthslong effort from the West Virginia Democrat. After the 47-47 vote, Manchin blasted Senate Republicans — most of whom voted against the measure. “Once again, Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership have put their own political agenda above the needs of the American people,” Manchin said in a statement, citing high energy costs and the Mountain Valley pipeline, a contentious natural gas project in his state whose advancement was included in the bill. [ read more … ]

Big Oil Companies Are Bullies Who ‘Want to Be Seen as Good Guys’

By David Wallace-Wells, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:55:41

Last week, a House investigation into Big Oil profiteering and greenwashing released its latest report — the result of more than a year of research, subpoenas and hearings. Among other things, the latest report makes unmistakably clearthat whatever Chevron, BP, Shell, Exxon and other members of the American Petroleum Institute may say about their climate policies, their investments show that they intend to continue producing and selling oil and gas deep into the future — and well beyond the carbon budgets implied by any of the world’s climate goals. [ read more … ]

Grid

Most of US electric grid faces risk of resource shortfall through 2027, NERC finds

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:55:11

Grid operators in California, Ontario and the parts of the Midwest face a “high risk” of resource adequacy shortfalls from 2023 to 2027 during normal seasonal peak conditions, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. said in its Long-Term Reliability Assessment released Thursday. Generation retirements in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Northeast Power Coordinating Council-Ontario footprints are outpacing replacement capacity, while the California Independent System Operator must address challenges associated with variable resources and changing demand, the report found. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC Chairman Glick to exit agency by early January, setting up possible tied-vote deadlocks

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:53:16

During Glick’s tenure as chairman, FERC advanced proposals to spur transmission development, strenghthen natural gas pipeline reviews and protect the grid from extreme weather, among other initiatives. Many of those efforts are ongoing. FERC’s work has been “inextricably linked” to the energy transition, some of which has been controversial, Glick said. [ read more … ]

FERC meeting: Pipeline win, transmission and Glick’s exit

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:54:43

FERC’s proposal Thursday for siting interstate transmission lines came in response to provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act clarifying the commission’s oversight of certain power lines. Specifically, the 2021 law asserted that FERC could site transmission lines in specific areas designated by the Department of Energy as National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. But that’s only if one or more states had denied an application for the line. Historically, FERC has not signed off on transmission projects — even ones that cross multiple states — as that process has been left to individual state regulators.
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FERC climate reviews in limbo as Glick departs

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:56:04

The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had big plans at the start of the Biden administration for assessing planet-warming emissions from new gas pipelines. But with FERC Chair Richard Glick’s time at the agency likely coming to an end, the commission’s path forward on climate assessments is as murky as ever. [ read more … ]

States

Calif. regulators pass plan to zero out carbon emissions

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:51:37

“We are making history here in California,” Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement after CARB unanimously passed the plan. “California is leading the world’s most significant economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution — we’re cutting pollution, turning the page on fossil fuels and creating millions of new jobs.” The nation’s most populous state sees itself as a leader in fighting climate change, and the scoping plan lays out the pathway for achieving California mandates. Getting to economywide carbon neutrality by 2045 is state law. [ read more … ]

Dems will flex climate muscle after big wins in Mich., Minn.

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:56:59

The last time Democrats fully controlled the Minnesota state government, Rep. Frank Hornstein watched his renewable energy bill die at the hands of his own party. Now, a decade later, Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has again won a governing trifecta by flipping the state Senate, retaining control of the state House and reelecting Gov. Tim Walz (DFL). At the top of their agenda is climate. The difference this time, Hornstein said, is that climate hawks have spent years building power. The governor campaigned on a climate plan. The House already voted on its most important components, twice. Federal climate money is flooding in. And lawmakers credit the issue for mobilizing young voters who helped deliver the trifecta. [ read more … ]

EVs

Joe Manchin Meant to Make Electric Car Tax Credits Hard to Get

By Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:51:06

US Senator Joe Manchin hasn’t minced words about where he stands on tax credits for electric vehicles. Throwing thousands of dollars at consumers was “ludicrous,” he said, when car buyers already were on waiting lists to purchase them, and not enough were being manufactured in America. The West Virginia Democrat ultimately obliged on one condition: “You want to get your $7,500, then build this industry,” he told auto industry representatives. “They thought I would cave on that. I said, ‘I’ll cave — I’m going to take everything away from you.’” [ read more … ]

Off Topic

How Pruitt nudged Trump to dump the Paris climate deal

By Kevin Bogardus, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-18 12:56:40

Soon after becoming president, Donald Trump took a call with his EPA administrator to hash out details of a plan to exit the Paris climate accord. Trump’s interest in quitting the Paris deal — negotiated by the Obama administration — was “spot on,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, according to notes included in an internal EPA email from May 2017. [ read more … ]

 

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